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IT Management, Security, Compliance for Regulated Firms

The BYOD Dilemma: Corporate Security vs Employee Privacy

Jun 7, 2019 3:16:29 PM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in MaaS360, ManageEngine, BYOD, CYOD, COPE, corporate security, employee privacy

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BYOD Issues Driving Changes to Device Management Strategy

Over a number of years, the practice of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has become commonplace in companies of all sizes. Employees have been granted permission to let their personal devices double for work – phones, tablets and laptops. BYOD evolved out of employee discontent with having to carry two phones or with finding themselves needing emails or files at home that were on an office computer. Companies began adopt BYOD policies. But those decisions are having unanticipated impacts. In today’s tense cyber security environment, pure and simple, BYOD makes it impossible to maintain a secure network. Mobile device management (MDM) software has been developed in an effort to secure company data on private devices. However, MDM can compromise user privacy. So, we end up needing ways to balance corporate security and employee privacy.

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Announcing a Free eBook of Critical Importance to Your Company: 4 Business Continuity Planning Essentials

Jun 4, 2019 1:32:24 PM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in Business Continuity Plan, Disaster Recover

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Disaster Can Strike Any Company. What to Consider for Your Disaster Recovery Plan

It blows us away how many companies totally ignore the need for a business continuity and disaster recovery plan. We all like to hope for the best and chances are our companies will never experience a disaster that impedes our operations, shuts down our ability to do business for days or weeks on end, or harms our employees and our customers. But these days, chances are better that they will.

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Microsoft Security: How MS Is Beefing Up Its Cyber Security Technology Brand

May 17, 2019 9:09:00 AM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Cyber Security Training, Microsoft Security

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According to Microsoft, there are more than 400 million active users of its Windows 10 operating system worldwide. Estimates have the number of MS Office 365 users at 180 million. In addition to the productivity features that have led to this success, Microsoft Security has put a strong focus on cyber security technology as threats have increased exponentially in recent years. Frequent software updates fix vulnerabilities and issues as they’re discovered. But the company is also looking forward and outward in an effort to prevent cyberattacks and minimize cyber security risk. This post focuses on some of the initiatives the company is involved in beyond actual product development and touches on some product security improvements.

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Does the EU’s GDPR Affect US Data Privacy and Cyber Security Compliance Strategy?

May 8, 2019 2:21:06 PM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in Compliance, cyber security, data privacy

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Yes, Especially Regulated Industries. And US Regulations Are Coming. Prepare.

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Penetration Testing Tools: In Hackers’ Hands New Modlishka Tool is a Cyber Security Threat

Apr 25, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Jennifer Valle, Director of Marketing and Operations posted in cyber security, penetration testing, phishing, multi-factor authentication, Modlishka

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Can Overcome Multi-factor Authentication and Enable Phishing

As a basic element of cyber security programs, penetration testing is standard protocol for detecting possible IT network vulnerabilities. There are many penetration testing tools available that simulate hacker attacks to discover cracks in firewalls and other defenses. Developers are constantly building new tools to keep up with evolving threats and the measures put in place to avert them.

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Standardized Multi-factor Authentication Just Became a Reality

Apr 17, 2019 12:15:35 PM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Security, cyber security, U2F, multi-factor authentication

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Tech Group The FIDO Alliance Is Leading Us to a Password-free Internet, Greater Security

What Is It?

One of the greatest fears today is that hackers will steal the passwords we use to access social, banking and other sites where we must register to take advantage of their features and offerings and steal our data. The threat for businesses – especially regulated entities – is that employees will fall for password-centric schemes, like phishing, that can compromise a company’s entire IT network. Better days are here – and even better ones are ahead.

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Cyber Security Services: Do You Need A Data Hostage Negotiator?

Apr 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in cyber security, cybersecurity

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Get Our Complimentary Guide to Freeing Your Files in a Ransom Ware Attack – And Avoiding One

According to a recent report from Datto, a leading provider of cyber security services and solutions to managed service providers (MSPs) like us, ransomware attacks are continuing to grow like wildfire and are expected to continue increasing at a rapid clip. These costly cyber security attacks tie up your data until you pay a ransom to the hacker. It’s not just the ransom money, but also the downtime and loss of productivity that make this a threat to avoid or manage efficiently.

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Spear Phishing: A Growing Cyber Threat in 2019

Apr 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Security, cyber security, Ransomware, phishing

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Learn About This Dangerous Type of Phishing and How to Prevent It

A survey of managed service providers and in-house IT professionals conducted by our cyber security partner KnowBe4 revealed that phishing/spear phishing is the number three cyber threat that “keeps them up at night.” Other studies show that spear phishing stands to be one of the fast-growing types of cyber-attack in 2019.

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Contract Renewal Time: An Opportunity for Vendor Cyber Security Risk Assessment

Mar 21, 2019 10:54:01 AM / by Jennifer Valle, Director of Marketing and Operations posted in cyber security, assessment

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How to Review Third Parties to Assure They Don’t Create Vulnerabilities for Your Regulated Firm

When OCIE comes knocking to learn whether your regulated firm has robust cyber security policies and plans in place, one critical area of inquiry will be third-party cyber security risk management. They want to know if you’re performing a cyber security risk assessment of the vendors who have access to your data or network – and taking action based on the results.

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Building Cyber Security Training Programs for Employees

Mar 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in Compliance, cyber security, training

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Critical for IT Network Security and Regulatory Compliance

This post will outline how to build effective cyber security training programs for employees. Here’s why it’s important for you to read on and then take action if you haven’t already done so:

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